History of the Discoveries of the Circulation of the Blood, of the Ganglia and Nerves, and of the Action of the Heart

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R. Bentley, 1865 - Blood - 43 pages
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Page 12 - ... single ventricle, and for an auricle have a kind of bladder much distended with blood, at the base of the organ, you may very plainly perceive this bladder contracting first, and the contraction of the heart or ventricle following afterwards. But I think it right to describe...
Page 28 - That the ganglia and nerves of the heart enlarge, like those of the gravid uterus, when the walls of the ventricles are affected with hypertrophy.
Page 13 - ... the heart, like the prince in a kingdom, in whose hands lie the chief and highest authority, rules over all ; it is the original and foundation from which all power is derived; on which all power depends in the animal body.
Page 18 - When the influence of the brain is cut off, the secretion of urine appears to cease, and no heat is generated; notwithstanding the functions of respiration, and the circulation of the blood continue to be performed, and the usual changes in the appearance of the blood are produced in the lungs.
Page 18 - When the brain is injured or removed, the action of the heart ceases, only because respiration is under its influence, and if, under these circumstances, respiration is artificially produced, the circulation will still continue.
Page v - These dissections prove that the human uterus possesses a great system of nerves, which enlarges with the coats, blood-vessels and absorbents during pregnancy, and which returns after parturition to its original condition before conception takes place. It is chiefly by the influence of these nerves, that the uterus performs the varied functions of menstruation, conception, and parturition, and it is solely by their means, that the whole fabric of the nervous system sympathises with the different...
Page 12 - Experimenting with a pigeon upon one occasion, after the heart had wholly ceased to pulsate, and the auricles too had become motionless, I kept my finger wetted with saliva and warm for a short time upon the heart, and observed, that under the influence of this fomentation it recovered new strength and life, so that both ventricles and auricles pulsated, contracting and relaxing alternately, recalled as it were from death to life.
Page 13 - Aristotle, overlook, or do not rightly understand the principal argument, to the effect that the heart is the first part which exists, and that it contains within itself blood, life, sensation...
Page 13 - ... perceive that, as the action of the organ is so plainly contraction, its function is to propel the blood into the arteries. Nor are we the less to agree with Aristotle in regard to the...
Page 29 - From the inner surface of this fascia, which I have named the Cardiac Fascia, innumerable strong fibres pass to the blood-vessels, nerves, and muscular fasciculi, and adipose matter. These strong slender fibres, connected with or proceeding from the inner...

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